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The X-Files 

The X Files (original title)
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Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

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Chris Carter
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Gillian Anderson ...  Dana Scully / ... 217 episodes, 1993-2018
David Duchovny ...  Fox Mulder 193 episodes, 1993-2018
Mitch Pileggi ...  Walter Skinner / ... 91 episodes, 1994-2018
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully work in an unassigned detail of the bureau called the X-Files investigating cases dealing with unexplained paranormal phenomena. Mulder, a true believer, and Scully, a skeptic, perceive their cases from stand points of science and the paranormal. Written by ZachMichalik

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Every time Skinner goes to Mulder's apartment, someone pulls a gun on him: 1). In season two, episode seventeen, The X-Files: End Game (1995), Mulder aims a gun after Skinner enters the apartment, suspecting him to be the Bounty Hunter. 2). Later in the same episode, minutes before entering the apartment, he gets in a fist fight with X in the elevator, ending with X pulling out a gun. 3). The season three premiere, The X-Files: The Blessing Way (1995), ends with Scully bringing Skinner to the apartment where she pulls her gun on him, believing he intended to kill her. 4). Season three, episode nine, The X-Files: Nisei (1995), features a scene where Mulder unexpectedly finds Skinner in his ransacked apartment, and draws his gun. 5). In season six, episode twenty-one, The X-Files: Field Trip (1999), Scully has a spore-induced dream in which Skinner and other friends are in Mulder's apartment for Mulder's funeral. Later in the episode, Mulder shoots the dream-Skinner to prove that they are still dreaming. This is the only episode where the gun being drawn occurs outside of Mulder's apartment building, but both scenes are part of a hallucination. Nevertheless, the sole exception is the season five premiere, The X-Files: Redux (1997), in which Skinner confronts Scully in the hallway outside Mulder's apartment early in the episode. However, Skinner is not shown to have actually entered the apartment in the episode, just the hallway. Other exceptions: In season six, episode eleven "Two Fathers", Skinner meets covertly with Mulder and Scully inside Mulder's apartment, where they fill him in on the alien hybrid plan and divulge who Spender's father is. In season seven, episode ten "Sein und Zeit", Skinner knocks at Mulder's apartment the morning after Mulder has a breakdown over his mother, and Scully answers the door, having been there all night to comfort him. The scene shows all three in the doorway, though Skinner is not shown entering the apartment. See more »

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There would have been several layers of supervision between Mulder and Scully and Deputy Director Skinner, who would have been far too busy to personally supervise their section. See more »

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Scully: The Truth is out there, Mulder. But so are lies.
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This production has not been approved, endorsed or authorized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (appears in the end credits) See more »

Alternate Versions

The 'previously on The X Files' segments are missing from the DVD Season boxset releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #53.4 (2017) See more »

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Greatest Science Fiction/Horror television Series of All Time
16 June 2006 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

The writing, the acting, the production values, the continuity, the heart of The X Files all secure a reputation for this show as the best in its class. It has no peers. The story of two FBI agents working in a small office in the basement of the FBI to uncover, prove, disprove supernatural and unexplained phenomena and alien presence builds beautifully in the nine seasons the show existed. And having seen every episode in chronological order, they build with purpose, continuity, and innovation. Sure, there were set-backs when one actor didn't do most of a season, or another actress was pregnant, or whatever might have arisen, but the show's writers and creator - and make no mistake here that creator Chris Carter and his staff of writers/directors are the reason for this show being what it is - always met each and every set-back with a creative, engaging response. When Fox Mulder's character was gone for most of two seasons, they created two new characters that were every bit as solid as Mulder and Scully. Robert Patrick's Doggett and Anabeth Gish's Reyes were equally compelling characters. There are so many good things to say about this show. The two leads, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, grew as characters and thespians before our very eyes. They honed their crafts and became stronger screen presences. These characters were characters that we learned to like and wanted to follow. Duchovny brought some much needed wry humour to an otherwise serious subject. He was able at one moment to convince you that the world was one big conspiracy and in the next moment comment on the lack of movement from a dead person with lighthearted appeal. Anderson softened each year, becoming less rigid and inflexible. The cast of supporting characters was always first-rate with Mitch Pillegi as Skinner and William Davis as the antagonistic Smoking Man never giving a bad performance. The three Lone Gunmen were excellent light diversions in bloody cases or cases involving alien invasion or what not. The first season will always be my favorite. Mulder and Scully are finding themselves as characters and the idea of conspiracy is all too real. Jerry Hardin plays Deep Throat, the man feeding Mulder news of government conspiracy, with strength and a true believability. But before I get too compartmentalized, The X Files was able to be two series in one - perhaps its greatest achievement. One the one hand, we had Mulder and Scully battling conspiracy, aliens looking to invade Earth, Mulder finding his sister that had been abducted by aliens, and other plot strands of a similar nature. But the show would also show totally unrelated episodes that were very scary and horrifyinfg. We saw worm men, killer insects, a man that sucked the fat out of his victims, cannibalistic cults, and the list goes on and on. I love the myth episodes, but these horror episodes are my favorites because they are so creative. I cannot remember how many times, having just watched and episode, saying how does someone think this stuff up? Whether The X Files is spoofing the Brady Bunch or alluding to Moby Dick or creating a homage to Frankenstein and movies of its ilk or just trying its best to scare you or disgust you(the episode Home - a favorite of mine), it is always true to itself in terms of the creativity that courses through its proverbial veins. Yes, sometimes, it is a bit full of itself, and, yes, sometimes, the creativity falls right down on its face(as when the show combined the X Files with Cops). But the show has far more, far more hits than misses. I think that as time goes by, this television show will be remembered for much more than what we remember it for today. I think it will be one of the all-time greats. The Truth is out there.


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